The African Dilemma
Africa has the youngest and also the fastest growing population in the world, with about 200 million people between the ages of 15 to 24. It is estimated that more than 50% of these youthful people are illiterate, have little or no skills and are therefore largely excluded from productive economic and social life.
Africa's youth has often been referred to as a "Ticking Time Bomb"! A high level of youth unemployment poses a serious risk of social unrest. Social studies show that a large number of youth recruited into insurgent groups and radical movements are motivated by a lack of jobs. Creating employment opportunities is therefore of paramount importance.
Kenya has an educational system that does not avail enough opportunity for those from resource challenged backgrounds to advance beyond basic education. It also offers very limited opportunities for those who may not be academically inclined but have gifts and talents that can be further developed. The result is a high educational wastage and stagnation that condemns millions of young people to marginalization and economic destitution.
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Life Skills Training
Splendors of Africa has partnered with various programs to teach life skills to the youth. These programs help the youth learn how to deal effectively with challenges in their everyday life, whether it is at school, work or in their personal lives.
Hope is the winner of the exciting trip to Kenya. She will visit Splendors of Africa projects, speak to students and go on an exciting SAFARI to Masai Mara.
Splendors of Africa will aim to:-
1. Create networks and partnerships with communities and mobilize financial and material resources to support the creation, improvement and development of livelihood skills learning institutions for the youth targeting the marginalized and resource poor.
2. Support the development of mentorship programs with established professionals and businesses to offer youth "on the job training" and some hands on experience to increase their chances of success in the market.
3. Actively campaign to raise communities' awareness and participation in influencing public policy and resource allocation for improvement of livelihood skills training and economic empowerment programs.
Aiming to achieve a holistic solution, Splendors of Africa will lay emphasis on Livelihood Skills Training, Trade, Cultural Exchange and Humanitarian Assistance.
1st Annual Fundrasing Gala
10 DAY TRIP TO KENYA
(All expenses Paid)
Irene is a young girl living in rural Kenya. She loves school and dreams of becoming a doctor, but the challenges of poverty may cut her dream short. Help us make her dream come true. Here is a letter Irene wrote, accompanied by a note from her neighbor, appealing for assistance with her education.
Our Mission and Vision
Stephen & Alice Thomas
Mistress of Ceremony:
LaVerne Spaulding VanZant Ed.D
To be part of a world where all people have opportunity and capacity to participate in steering social, economic and environmental factors for the benefit of all humanity.
Sponsor a ChildIrene's Story
To promote socio-economic inclusion of vulnerable and marginalized youth in communities through education, holistic life skills training and empowerment programs.
Inside a classroom of a primary school in rural Kenya. 2-3 children share a desk. Splendors of Africa will provide desks with storage space for text books and writing materials to improve acessss to books and learning. Splendors of Africa is working to provide books, reading material and a computer for each classroom to enhance the learning experience .
Moments @ 1st Annual Fundraising Gala